Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can ~ #62 Samuel Roy LILLIE and his Retirement Plaque

Samuel Royalty “Roy” LILLIE, son of Isaac Spencer “Ike” LILLIE and Florence ROYALTY, played in important roll in this collection of old photographs. It was very likely his mother Florence who saved most of the older photographs while Roy added to the collection with his own portraits. His son Lynn Vance LILLIE  was the last owner of the collection before it was saved from the trash.

Last week we saw Roy posing with a bottle of liquor at Brazell’s Bar in Detroit, Michigan, in 1939. It is not known how long he was a part-time bartender and saloon owner. At the time of the 1940 census he working for a steel mill. In 1942 on his WW II card his employer was the Great Lakes Steel Co. in Ecorse, Michigan. He remained in their employ until his retirement on June 1st, 1960.

MRIN21907 LillieSamuelRoyaltySteelRetirement Rooney CollectionPRESENTED TO
Great Lakes Steel Corp.
June 1st 1960 RETIRED
Samuel Royalty Lillie

Samuel Royalty LILLIE is on the left with an unidentified man. I don’t believe he is Wilfred Donald MacDonnell (1911-1999), President of Great Lakes Steel Corp. from 1957-1962. Photos found of Mr. MacDonnell show he wore glasses.

I was not able to find any information about the presentation of this plaque and why it has what looks like Texas longhorns.

Other photographs of Samuel Royalty LILLIE:
#53 Samuel Royalty “Roy” LILLIE 1895-1979 (young Roy)
#54 Samuel Royalty “Roy” LILLIE 1895-1979 (in uniform)
#55 Samuel Royalty “Roy” LILLIE 1895-1979
(portrait with hat)
#56 Samuel Royalty “Roy” LILLIE 1895-1979 (in uniform with rifle)
#57 Samuel Royalty “Roy” LILLIE 1895-1979 (barber staff)
#58 Samuel Royalty “Roy” LILLIE 1895-1979 (Liberty trucks)
#59 Samuel Royalty “Roy” LILLIE 1895-1979 (in New Orleans)
#61 Bartender and Owner of Brazell’s Bar in Detroit (1939)
#62 Samuel Roy LILLIE and his Retirement Plaque (1960)
#63 Taking a Walk in Detroit (1930s)

#64 Brother and Sister in 1950

More about this collection, how it came to be in my possession,
and links to previous posts in the series can be found here.

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Are you related to a person mentioned in this post? Send an email to
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© 2016, copyright Cathy Meder-Dempsey. All rights reserved.

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Author: Cathy Meder-Dempsey

As a military brat I've lived in Georgia, France, Idaho, West Virginia, Spain, South Carolina, Texas, and Luxembourg. Married 39 years with two grown children. When I’m not doing genealogy, I spend time riding my racing bike with my husband through the wonderful countryside in Luxembourg and surrounding countries.

8 thoughts on “Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can ~ #62 Samuel Roy LILLIE and his Retirement Plaque”

  1. OK, my Uncle Roy harvested horns, usually in Mexico someplace and would cart them back to Detroit where he would make things out of them. He gave Mike and I ones that could be blown like a hunting horn. Uncle Roy was a “Dandy” I believe is the correct term. Had a T-Bird he used to let us drive on the backroads (fast!) and I was elated when we discovered for a moment we had the same shoe size and I got to wear his saddle loafers, the black penny loafers with a fat white band in the middle. I strongly suspect if you visited the lobby of The Great Lakes Steel Corporation you would see this particular set of horns. The other set may be for the president. Uncle Roy was related to Narcissus .

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    1. Thank you Joe for sharing all of these memories of Roy. So do you think Roy harvested them, made the plaque and presented it to his employer when he retired instead of them presenting it to him? It looks like there are two plaques with horns in the photo but the plaques don’t seem to be shaped the same.

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    2. Thank you Joe for sharing all of these memories of Roy. So do you think Roy harvested them, made the plaque and presented it to his employer when he retired instead of them presenting it to him? It looks like there are two plaques with horns in the photo but the plaques don’t seem to be shaped the same. Now I need to catch up on some Greek mythology. 😉

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  2. After reading these posts for months, I finally decided to go back and see where you’d gotten these photos. (Sorry it took me so long…) Has anyone ever come forward to say they know the people since you started doing this? Why, oh why, would someone have thrown them out?

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  3. Hi Cathy
    Love these photos. Such a distinguished.man!
    You mentioned Roy in a 1840 census..did you mean 1940? If not, Roy looked very good at his retirement!

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